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5 Leafy Escapes out of Boston that are Beautiful and Accessible

Posted on September 22, 2020Written by Linda Beach

Published by The Boston Globe, September, 2020
By Diane Barr & Pamela Wright

We’ve sleuthed out some trails in Massachusetts that fly slightly under the radar and are good for people with mobility issues.

Everyone should have the ability to connect with the natural world, including those with mobility issues. We’ve sleuthed out some accessible trails in Massachusetts that fly slightly under the radar — a welcome feature in these crowd-averse times. For more outdoor recreation options, check out the DCR’s Universal Access Program or call 413-545-5758.

Tranquility Trail: Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield

Heading to the Berkshires for some crimson-drenched sightseeing and Baba Louie’s sourdough-crust pizza? Enjoy a slice of gorgeous nature along the .75-mile Tranquility Trail, one of 30 miles of trails in this superlative state forest. The paved, multi-use loop trail winds through the woodlands, with an elevation gain of about 55 feet. The accessible entrance is located at the north end of the trail.
How is it possible that this 11,000-acre plot of woodsy beauty, home to Berry Pond and Berry Mountain, is so lightly trafficked? Perhaps it’s tough to compete with nearby Mount Greylock. Before you go, head to Balance Rock State Park, in the forest’s northeast corner, to pay your respects to (and grab a selfie with) its namesake 165-ton, gravity-defying marble boulder. 104 Cascade St., Pittsfield. 413-442-8992.

Read on for more trails in Massachusetts.

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